Sophos creates free Tool to Defend against Windows Shortcut Exploit

Scrambling to protect your systems from the latest Windows Zero day shortcut exploit? What if your anti-virus doesn’t protect against it, what do you do? The anti-virus company Sophos has created an app to defend against the USB shortcut exploit.

The free Sophos tool installs a new icon handler for Windows shortcuts. Whenever Windows tries to display an icon corresponding to a Windows shortcut, the new icon handler will intercept this request and validate the shortcut. If the shortcut does not contain the exploit, control will be given back to Windows.

The nice thing is that if your current anti-virus company doesn’t protect against the exploit, the Sophos Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool can run in tandem to make sure your system is protected.

And the Sophos Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool (maybe we should have come up with a shorter name?) is a piece of cake to install. The tool can be installed and uninstalled easily and quickly. Administrators can run the installer package on the computer, and network administrators can push the installer package via Group Policies.

Check out the Sophos blog for more information.

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